Micromachined Air-Filled Patch Antennas for Millimeter-Wave Applications

Yi Wang, Mao Ke, Michael Lancaster

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Air-filled patch antennas for millimeter-wave (mm-wave) applications are demonstrated using silicon-based micromachining techniques. The antennas are fed by rectangular coaxial lines and made of five gold plated layers bonded together. Each layer is tirade by deep reactive etching on silicon. The patches are suspended by stubs. without using any dielectric materials. The dielectric free structure not only avoids dielectric losses but also eliminates spurious surface modes that often trouble substrate supported patch antennas at mm-wave frequencies. The predicted gain of the patch is as high as 9.4 dBi with a patch dimension of 3.27 mm by 3.54 mm at 33 GHz. A radiation pattern measurement has been performed and results shown. (C) 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Microwave Opt Technol Lett 52: 1345-1347, 2010; Published online in Wiley InterScience (www.interscience.wiley.com). DOI 10.1002/mop.25183
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1345-1347
Number of pages3
JournalMicrowave and Optical Technology Letters
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2010


  • micromachining
  • millimeter-wave antenna


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